Quick tips for parents to stay on top of kid's schooling
(NC)—Parents shouldn't wait until the final report card comes home to learn that their child may be struggling—according to Dr. Nick Whitehead, founder and CEO of Oxford Learning, there are many ways that parents can stay abreast of their child's academic progress. These seven tips help parents get involved from the first day of school.
1. Take five minutes to say hello to the teacher and to ask how your child is doing in math/ reading/spelling/ listening, etc.
2. Send a note to school with your child to schedule a phone chat with the teacher. Don't wait for the teacher to call you to report bad news or slow classroom progress.
3. Follow up when a test is returned to your child. How did it go? Were the results what you were expecting?
4. Go online. The Internet is a wonderful tool to keep informed. If your child's class has a web page, log on and get involved.
5. Get help. If there are any issues, seek help as soon as you learn of it rather than waiting until the report card arrives.
6. Remember to keep it in context: The first report card of the school year is like a check-up on how your child is adjusting to the new school year.
7. Look to the past. Last year's school performance can be a big indicator of potential problems this year. Correct issues early and avoid repeats.
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